Ohio State launched a mobile lung cancer screening unit to increase early detection statewide by bringing expert staff & the latest diagnostic tech to underserved areas. The goal is to boost screening rates.
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The latest lung cancer screening tech is on the road in Ohio to increase early diagnoses across the state.
Ohio State leaders recently launched The James Mobile Lung Screening Unit, which will travel throughout the state to bring state-of-the-art diagnostic services to more people, raising the chances of potentially life-saving early detection.
“Lung cancer still accounts for more cancer deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer combined,” says Michael Wert, MD, the director of the lung cancer screening program at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Lung cancer presents treatment challenges for many reasons, including symptoms that are often misinterpreted by patients, or present late, when the cancer has already progressed to advanced stages.
“I see too many patients who haven’t seen a doctor in a while and ignore symptoms,” Wert says. “They come in so sick that we’ll do a CT scan and find they have really advanced lung cancer.”